Thriving Children Podcast

Shining the light on child development

The Thriving Children Podcast is a show for parents and educators, that shines the light on child development. Weaving its way through each episode is a central theme of movement, play and connection, crucial ingredients in the early years of life. Host Clare Crew is an early childhood and inclusive education teacher who specialises in the brain-body connection. She helps the children the system leaves behind, those with learning, attention and behavioural challenges. You can learn more about her or the podcast at

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare shares three of her favourite books about Autism. These are great reads to stretch your thinking, or relate to another family on a similar journey.

  1. The Autism Revolution by Dr Martha Herbert
  2. The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson
  3. My Son's Not Rainman by John Williams

Each of these are available as audiobooks on audible, and The Horse Boy is also a documentary.


In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare chats with writer and recovering teacher, Gabbie Stroud.

They discuss:

  • Gabbie's new book 'Teacher: One woman’s struggle to keep the heart in teaching’.
  • Being a school parent after seeing classroom life behind the scenes
  • How we can stop losing brilliant whole-hearted educators from the teaching profession

Links for this episode:

  • Gabbie's book, available at all good book stores - Teacher: One woman's struggle to keep the heart in teaching
  • Gabbie's website:
  • Gabbie Stroud on Facebook

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Clare returns to the Thriving Children Podcast after a month away from the mic. In this episode she shares three take-aways from her time going slowly, as well as a few tweaks to the podcast from here on in.

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In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare shares her desire to push pause, slow down and take a break from the online side of 'Thriving Children'. She's saying goodbye (for now). 

So what is slow living all about? Do you share a yearning to simplify your everyday life? Or a need to create clearer boundaries around where your time and energy goes? 

Links for this episode:

  • 'Slow Family Living', a book by Bernadette Noll - slowfamilyliving,com (passage read from the foreward by Carrie Contey)
  • Upcoming talks can be found on the events page at

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In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare talks about technology with Anna from Kids Play Space and Natalie Smith from Brilliant Boys.

Hear about the impact of screens on behaviour and development (especially before sleep), what children see when we're staring at our phones, why 'Bring Your Own Device' policies aren't always wonderful and so much more! 

Links for this episode:

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